Song of the Day: Looking For You – Steele

STEELE ‘s latest dark pop number ‘Looking For You’, seamlessly fuses elements of post-rock and trip-hop with electro pop. Likened to Imogen Heap and Bjork but with her own recognisable stamp, the Swedish alt-songbird is raising eyebrows around the globe.

She was featured in Rolling Stone – three times – and also appeared at Elle’s 2017 fashion show, which put her at the brink of something huge but tragedy struck when she was struck down with meningitis, leaving her with epilepsy and a complete lifestyle change. This has merely forged her resolve further to succeed within the music industry and to date, STEELE‘s songs have collectively reached over five million plays on streaming services.

‘Looking For You’ is the follow-up to her stunning ballad ‘Temporary Love’, both of which appear on her soon to be released debut album ‘Paroxysm’ on 13th.

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Interview with: Amani

AMANI made quite an entry on NEW LEASE MUSIC. Her debut EP Perpendicular sits pretty at number one on NEW LEASE MUSIC’s Top Ten Albums of 2017list. Before that, the six-track set was Song of the Month in December. I think this quirky diva deserve a place on the interview hot seat…

NLM: First of all, thank you for agreeing to do an interview with NEW LEASE MUSIC. You released your debut EP Perpendicular back in November. What’s the public’s reception beyond this blog?

A: I have been invited to tour in china for a month with my band off the back of the EP release & there are talks to support the Wild Beasts at Hammersmith Apollo on the 17th of Feb 2018. The Vice Creators project were a big fan of the song and video for Feathers Falling and premiered the video online, Line of Best fit and Kaltblut Magazine also were keen supporters like yourself at NEW LEASE MUSIC. Point Blank Recordings the label I released the EP through, together we held a sold out EP launch party at the Rye Wax in Peckham which Smirnoff kindly sponsored. The Launch party was a great way to see the fans reactions to the EP, the night was full of love.

NLM: What’s your proudest track on the EP and why?

A: Man In A Mini Dress – because it’s the most outlandish track on the EP. It’s a very different vibe to the rest of the tracks & takes the listener on a very alternative trippy diversion.

NLM: How would you describe your sound to potential fans?

A: Electronic, cinematic, industrial soundscape, raw honest emotive lyrics.

NLM: What’s your inspiration behind your unique sound?

A: I’m heavily influenced by electronic music, and trippy soundscapes. I was fortunate enough to experience a lot of electronic bass heavy raves in my teens and fell in love with everything that was on offer there!

A: lot of my emotion for my songs tends to come from a very raw sincer place, i’m very honest with my lyrics, they come from the core and where my head is at, at the time. It’s also a personality thing, and an environment thing – i’ve always been a bit of a strange child as well as growing up experiencing quite a lot of heavy weight truma my vibes could be seen as unique and a bit far from the norm.

NLM: If you had to collaborate with ONE mainstream artist who would it be?

A: Bjork, loooove Bjork !

NLM: If you had three wishes to change the music industry today, what would they be?

A: More performance art nudity, free venue hire for artists/musicians to put on more shows independently, fewer restrictions on noise pollution, that could be in festivals, clubs and your own home. Levels pls!

NLM: So what are your plans for 2018?

A: I’m going to release another EP Late March before I drop an album & put on events in London / UK in random quirky venues, working with interactive light design technicians, dj’s and other musicians to set up nights for peeps to come and enjoy. I’m also keen to set up my own record store this year!

NLM: How can potential fans make contact with you?

A: You can get me on all social media sites Facebook, Insta, Twitter here’s my website with all my links http://www.amaniofficialmusic.com and my email amani4music@gmail.com – Hey !

NLM: Finally, if music didn’t exist, what would you do?A: I would dedicate my life to endangered Paranas.

EP Review: 13:20 – Olah Bliss

Olah Bliss EP coverDescribed as MACY GRAY, BJORK and ERYKAH BADU rolled into one, urban goddess OLAH BLISS dropped her debut EP 13:20. The five-track production displays an atmospherically sweet take on soul and R&B, matched with the Londoner’s delicately soulful vocals. Definitely worth a listen! Give her a chance – check it out!

#Mustlistens: School Me, Objectify, Radar

 

 

Song of the Day: Smoke Signals – Fevapres

True hip-hop heads: go check today tune, Smoke Single by FEVAPRES. Track is the first release from the upcoming project, Jhanna. Melbourne duo Fevapres and Ardor are not the typical Mc/Producer outfit. Coming together from very different musical backgrounds, the two have found a common ground in which, while being rather unique re-visits those ol’ familiar elements. Fevapres best describes the sound as “A trip down memory lane laced with the futures effects”. Producer Ardor comes from a diverse background inspired by artists varying from Björk to Sun Ra to the heavier realm with groups like Animals As Leaders.. Fevapres, on the other hand, brings you more of a recognizable feel (for Hip Hop heads) being influenced primarily by The NOTORIOUS B.I.G and KENDRICK LAMAR  while also citing Jazz and Nu Soul amongst his ever growing motif . His lyrical content, while rich in originality and wit, has a certain vulnerability at times, enabling a deep, fervent, even poignant level of connection with listeners. Already piquing interest in the local underground scene, after the release of Smoke Signals, the duo are fusing their talents and experience together to bring a distinct sound and soul to which the you can simply press play, sit back, listen and be taken on a personal journey uninterrupted, or rather, be immersed in your own personal Jhanic experience.